Started by Leo K., June 29, 2011, 03:59:50 PM
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Quote from: knight66 on August 09, 2011, 12:07:24 AMI have only just window shopped here; but I assumed that Mozart and Gluck were pretty well established in our minds and libraries;
Quote from: ~ Que ~ on August 08, 2011, 10:31:08 PMBehold, here is the new thread on opera from the Classical period. May it prosper! Q
Quote from: ~ Que ~ on March 23, 2008, 10:59:22 PMReview on MusicwebNewly acquired. One of the last of Gluck's "early" operatic work. (He was already 40, but had still over 30 years and many grand operas ahead of him ). A small scale court opera - also called "serenata" or "festa teatrale" - in two acts. How to characterise it? Charming, with interesting and characterful music that easily keeps attention during the near 1,5 hours of duration. The performance is a delight - absolutely everything is right. Starring Maria Bayo who, as always, firmly projects the charcater of the role she sings. I am impressed by Argentinian soprano Veronica Cangemi, the other singers are very fine as well. Very idiomatic accompaniment by the Cappella Coloniensis under Christopher Mould - in the vein of Tafelmusik under Weil or Freiburger Barokorchester under Von der Goltz.Of course, this is not a major work in the genre but still a very nice piece - much strengthened by a top notch performance. I think lovers of the baroque opera, or serenatas/oratorios alike, will find this quite enjoyable.Q
Quote from: Leo K on August 09, 2011, 02:00:35 PMI have finally aquired some Gluck, and look forward to listening for the first time soon. Like Knight66 said above, I have more shelf space devoted to Mozart, with years of study and listening to Mozart opera, yet, I decided it was time to branch out, and it's been a ravishing and educating journey so far
Quote from: Gurnatron5500 on August 10, 2011, 04:24:18 AMIMHO, it is far more difficult to appreciate Mozart's accomplishment if one does not know Gluck and his revolutionary changes and his influence on Mozart and others. Given that I appear to be going backwards through the era (started with Mozart, then Haydn) Gluck would be the next candidate for me to explore. And so it shall be, probably with the 2 Iphigenie... works. Any recording suggestions on those (PI preferred, of course)?
Quote from: Leo K on August 10, 2011, 07:08:08 AMIt is interesting to work backwards from Mozart (and using him as a reference point) and going back into the history of classical opera, and high baroque opera. What I've found is that Mozart didn't write in a vacuum, and worked with the traditions of opera seria and opera buffa as much as his contemporaries did. You also hear why Mozart stays around BUT his forebears and contemporaries had the capacity to reach the sublime too! My interest, personally, is not so much to compare musical strengths as much as exploring the classical period and it's world in all it's detail, warts and all.
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QuoteUna cosa rara, ossia Bellezza ed onestà (A Rare Thing, or Beauty and Honesty) is an opera by the composer Vicente Martín y Soler. It takes the form of a dramma giocoso in two acts. The libretto, by Lorenzo da Ponte, is based on the play La luna de la sierra by Luis Vélez de Guevara. The opera was first performed at the Burgtheater, Vienna on 17 November 1786. It was a huge success. Mozart quotes the music to the ensemble O quanto in sì bel giubilo towards the end of Don Giovanni.
Quote from: Leo K on September 11, 2011, 09:20:22 AMMy classical era opera odyssey continues with Vincente Martin y Soler (May 2, 1754 – January 30, 1806). I've had this recording for quite awhile and finally listened to it yesterday:(Unfortunately this recording is out of print)Besides the fun of hearing the famous quote from this work in Mozart's Don Giovanni in context, the music was what I hoped it would be...full of charm, lightness, beautiful melodies and wonderful instrumentation...taking me back to 1786 like a time machine!Quoth the Wiki:
Quote from: Gurnatron5500 on September 22, 2011, 04:17:57 AMI am looking for a nice CD performance of "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" by Paisiello (not Rossini!). PI would be preferable but not as important as performance. What say you all, you Classical Operators? Is Fasano from 1959 really my only choice?
Quote from: JoshLilly on September 22, 2011, 06:54:26 AMI have this version here, and it's amazing:http://www.amazon.com/Paisiello-barbiere-Siviglia-Christian-Tschelebiew/dp/B000005IEJThis is one of my all-time favourite operas.
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